Whether you have played Daily Fantasy on Yahoo Before or getting a taste of it for the first time, this weekly column will take an early look at the DFS landscape, revealing who I like to build rosters, fading stars, underrated plays, and trading options to help you build a better team.
Alignment Building Blocks
Davante Adams ($36) vs. Arizona Cardinals
Any concerns about Adams leaving Aaron Rogers ended emphatically in Week 1, when the star receiver led the league in target quota Y air yards. To put Adams’ use into perspective during his first game with the Raiders, he had a Target 42 percent per route execution rate compared to justin jeffersonis 33% and copper punch30%. Playing indoors with his QB from college and on an offense that was a happy pass during Josh McDaniels‘ first game, Adams has an argument to be ranked as one of the top three PPR players in the future.
On salary nearly 10% less than Kupp at DFS this week and in a matchup with easily the highest total on the board against a Cardinals defense with the most shaky cornerbacks in the league, Adams is a solid component.
James Conner ($26) @ Las Vegas Raiders
conner played 96% of the snapshots of the first half and he ran a route on nearly every dropback before the score got out of hand in Week 1, making him Arizona’s true all-down runner. remains of conner a real risk of injury, but he can be treated as an elite DFS option while he’s healthy, especially in a matchup with the highest projected scoring total and against a Raiders defense that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs last season. last season. Without andre hopkins Y go round moore/Zach Ertz both banged up, expect Conner to show up on Arizona’s offense on Sunday.
Leonard Fournette ($22) @ New Orleans
Fournette played nearly every snap and ran nearly every route in the first half before Sunday night’s game turned lopsided, and any concerns that he was out of shape were quickly put to rest with an impressive running performance. With Chris Godwin out and russell gage not looking at 100%, Fournette is also likely to start seeing a lot more targets, as Tom Brady leads the NFL in RB target percentage over the past five years. Fournette is another season-long health issue who now has fresh legs and is underrated at DFS without even a top-12 RB salary this week. The Saints have been a tough opponent for running backs in recent seasons, but the 2022 version allowed 200-plus rushing yards (and only their second 100-yard rusher in his last 79 games!) In the past week.
star to fade
Alvin Kamara ($25) vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There’s hope that a minor rib injury contributed to Kamara’s lack of use in Week 1, but a real concern remains. james winston won’t target him enough in the future (and his ribs will be fully healed by Week 2?). Kamara is still clearly the team’s best option at RB, but he ran a route in less than half of New Orleans’ dropbacks on Sunday, and the competition looks stiff with a now healthy Miguel Tomas being accompanied by target-hog Jarvis Landry and awesome newbie Chris Olave. After such worrying usage in Week 1 and with the Saints downed by multiple left tackles while facing a tough Buccaneers run defense, expectations of Kamara should be tempered.
Darrell Henderson ($18) vs. the Atlanta Falcons
Henderson didn’t have a big score in Week 1, but he dominated the Los Angeles backfield, finishing with second highest instant part between all the runners. he was the first to rate of participation in the execution of the route, resulting in a career-high five receptions. The Rams’ offensive line isn’t as dominant as it used to be, but Sean McVay Historically, he has preferred to stage a comeback feature, and it remains a role that should produce extremely valuable fantasy numbers. Cam Akers he barely played in Week 1 (and might not have seen the field if Kyren Williams did not suffer a sprained ankle on kickoff) after ranking last among 105 RBs in rushing yards above expectations last season after returning from Achilles tendon surgery. Henderson has durability issues, but he’s also a legit player who averaged the most YPC (8.2) in college football history.
At home with an extra break and like the big favorites (10.5 points) on the board while facing an Atlanta defense whose best players are cornerbacks, Henderson seems underrated at DFS this week.
Carson Wentz ($22) @ Detroit Lions
Wentz was the No. 3 fantasy quarterback in Week 1 in a Washington offense that was surprisingly among league leaders in passing rate above expectations. The flaws persist, but Wentz is near the DFS low this week while playing indoors against a Lions defense that allowed an NFL-high 7.6 YPA and 31 passes last season. Detroit ranked first at Pace in neutral situations in Week 1, and Washington was 12th; it makes sense that this total was closer to 50 points. With Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, curtis samuel Y logan thomasWashington also provides cunning weapons for Wentz, who should be treated as one of the top 12 fantasy QBs this week.
Christian Kirk ($17) vs. the Indianapolis Colts
Kirk has been targeted by trevor lawrence as a true No. 1 receiver since signing a big offseason deal that paid him as one of the best wide receivers in the league. Some fantasy usage models placed him in the top three in Week 1, and should be treated as at least one of the top 15 PPR receivers going forward. Facing a Colts defense that is extremely stingy against the run but can be beaten in the air, Kirk is underrated at DFS this week.
Juwan Johnson ($10) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Here is a real sleeper. Johnson is rock-bottom DFS salary despite quietly being among the tight end leaders in target quota Y participation in the route in Week 1. Johnson is a good athlete who also lined up slot or out wide on 76% of his plays on Sunday, so there’s fantasy potential in a tight end position that looks downright ugly. There is target competition in New Orleans, but the Saints are likely to spend a ton against the Bucs’ strong running defense and explosive offense, so Johnson is an intriguing bargain.